If you work with people around the time of birth, you will know that sometimes, births leave people emotionally scarred. Symptoms of trauma can include panic attacks, nightmares, flashbacks, anger and irritability, numbness, tearfulness, avoidance of all reminders of the trauma, problems in relationships, feelings of failure and more.
Although people who meet the formal diagnostic criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to their birth is only about 5%, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more who experience symptoms of trauma which are distressing and significantly affecting their lives and their transition into parenthood.
Trauma can also present itself during pregnancy (pregnancy trauma) or breastfeeding (breastfeeding trauma) and fathers or other people in the birthing room can be affected too.
Approximately 30% of all parents in the UK will describe their birth as traumatic
That’s nearly a 3rd of all parents
As a birth worker, if you find yourself feeling helpless when hearing about some-one’s traumatic birth, this method can help.
Empathy and great listening skills are invaluable, but the 3 step rewind method gives you something to add to this. Our method will give you a valuable tool for helping others move on from a difficult birth. It isn’t always true that time heals. Sometimes, you can accelerate the healing using this tried and tested method. There’s no better feeling than knowing that you have actually made a difference to some-one’s life.
The 3 Step Rewind Method is a gentle and safe way of working with parents and other birth professionals to lift the heavy feelings and symptoms that can remain after a difficult or traumatic birth, post natal or breast feeding experience, or any other perinatal trauma.
It is easy to learn and naturally activates a person's own ability to heal themselves.
The simple but effective steps move someone through their past traumatic experience, through to understanding it's current impact on their day to day life, before looking ahead to a future that they desire.
The core skills covered are:
You are a birth professional already working with parents through the perinatal life stage
You are concerned that your current debrief skills or practice is re-traumatising or ineffective
You feel frustrated, sad and powerless in helping those you see are clearly in distressed and struggling to cope after a traumatic experience
You would love to be able to do more to serve parents and to see them begin to thrive as families
The scale of the problem is too great for mental health professionals alone to handle.
Currently many parents are deterred from seeking help via traditional mental health pathways because of the stigma attached to mental health and the perception that it will take many sessions and commitment to feel well.
We are passionate that it should be those who already have existing relationships with parents who should have the skills necessary to lift the symptoms of a traumatic birth.
They are best placed to help parents on their own healing journey.
Time and again we hear back from delighted practitioners, who are discovering the joy of being able to really help people move on from a bad birth. Adding the 3 step rewind method to your repertoire will result in you being able to dramatically increase your impact when trying to help people move on from a previous bad birth.
Our courses for professionals fill in a rapid tempo and the demand is increasing so much that we're now a group of 3. That says something.